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Toyota begins complete NASCAR domination

Nationwide Series in Phoenix
Saturday, April 12, 2008

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Kyle Busch celebrates winning the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. It was Busch's second consecutive victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series
Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR
First it was the truck series, and this year it has spread to the Nationwide and Cup series - Toyota's expected complete domination of NASCAR is in full swing.  Kyle Busch liked the taste of victory so much that he came back for a second helping.

After picking up his first win of the season in NASCAR's Nationwide Series last Saturday at Texas, Busch staved off a determined challenge from Carl Edwards to win Friday night's Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

In a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race two laps beyond its scheduled 200 laps, Busch crossed the finish line .241 seconds ahead of Edwards. The victory was Busch's 13th in the series and the fourth for Toyota this season. The 22-year-old led 133 laps on the evening.

Denny Hamlin ran third, followed by Kevin Harvick and David Ragan. Mike Bliss, Stephen Leicht, points leader Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann and David Stremme completed the top 10.

Edwards passed Busch for the lead on Lap 159 and gradually pulled away to a lead of more than three seconds before a caution for debris slowed the field on Lap 178. That brought the lead-lap cars to the pits for their final stops.

Busch and Edwards each took four tires, with Busch beating the defending series champion out of the pits for a restart on Lap 184. The green-flag run ended before one lap was complete, when Marcos Ambrose spun Landon Cassill in traffic to bring out the seventh caution of the race.

"Those boys won the race for us on pit road," said Busch, who was able to hold off Edwards on restarts after three subsequent cautions.

"He (Edwards) had a great, great racecar that might have been better than this Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry here. He had a great racecar, but it's a good thing we had all those cautions that gave us a chance to get a two-lap bump on him."

Busch held the lead for a restart on Lap 189, and as Edwards was beginning to close in on the No. 18 Toyota, Jason Leffler's spin brought out the eighth yellow flag of the night. The final caution occurred on
Lap 198 when Jeff Burton's No. 29 Chevrolet banged the wall.

Though Edwards closed in on the final lap, he couldn't overtake Busch before time ran out.

"It's too bad somebody's got to lose a race like that," Edwards said. "It was fun, but it's too bad we had to run second. That last caution hurt us a little, and he got us off pit road (on Lap 180). We came in first and went out second."

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 195/10 202 Running
2 3 60 Carl Edwards Ford World Financial Group 175/5 202 Running
3 6 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Z-Line Designs 170/5 202 Running
4 5 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 160/0 202 Running
5 16 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 155/0 202 Running
6 19 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 150/0 202 Running
7 22 21 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Racing Gearz 146/0 202 Running
8 10 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Winegard Camping World 142/0 202 Running
9 12 99 David Reutimann Toyota Best Western / Aaron's 138/0 202 Running
10 14 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 134/0 202 Running
11 13 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Fastenal 130/0 202 Running
12 2 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 132/5 202 Running
13 15 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford John Morrell 124/0 202 Running
14 21 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 121/0 202 Running
15 24 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 118/0 202 Running
16 30 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 115/0 201 Running
17 11 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford Kingsford with Hickory / Bashas' 112/0 201 Running
18 17 32 James Buescher Toyota Great Clips 109/0 201 Running
19 23 47 Kelly Bires Ford Clorox / Bashas' 106/0 201 Running
20 26 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 103/0 201 Running
21 25 9 Chase Miller * Dodge Ragu 100/0 201 Running
22 18 5 Landon Cassill * Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 285th Attack Recon Battalion 97/0 201 Running
23 8 27 Brad Coleman Ford Scott Tissue / Bashas' 94/0 201 Running
24 27 41 Kyle Krisiloff Dodge Polaroid 91/0 200 Running
25 33 01 Kertus Davis Chevrolet RaceGirl 88/0 200 Running
26 28 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge Northern Provincial Pipelines 85/0 200 Running
27 20 22 Robby Gordon Dodge Supercuts 82/0 199 Running
28 29 161 Kevin Lepage Ford Specialty Racing 79/0 199 Running
29 31 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty 76/0 199 Running
30 38 4 Robert Richardson, II Chevrolet JVC 73/0 194 Running
31 4 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 75/5 192 Off Track
32 7 111 Jason Keller Chevrolet America's Incredible Pizza Company 67/0 181 Off Track
33 34 283 John Borneman III Ford Twisted X Boots / Red Line Oil 64/0 167 Running
34 32 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Victory In Jesus 61/0 127 Out of Race
35 35 52 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Best Western 58/0 55 Out of Race
36 9 16 Jamie McMurray Ford CitiFinancial 55/0 39 Out of Race
37 37 37 John Young Ford BodiPro Portable Body Gym 52/0 32 Out of Race
38 40 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 49/0 19 Out of Race
39 39 91 Larry Gunselman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 46/0 16 Out of Race
40 41 84 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Elite2 Racing 43/0 12 Out of Race
41 42 0 Mike Potter Chevrolet Lori Morgan 40/0 9 Out of Race
42 36 05 Brett Rowe Chevrolet 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 37/0 7 Out of Race
43 43 255 Scott Gaylord Ford Bennett Classics Museum 34/0 2 Out of Race

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